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By the time Ed got his first vaccine it was already too late. This virus is not a joke, and it's definitely not something people should use to score political points, like this:

Keith Kidwell files fetal heartbeat (anti-abortion) bill HB31

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Speaking of Vetoes and Democratic solidarity:

§ 14-45.1. When abortion not unlawful. (a) Notwithstanding any of the provisions of G.S.14-44 and 14-45, it shall not be unlawful, during the first 20 weeks of a woman's pregnancy, prior to a determination by a qualified physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina that the unborn child has a detectable human heartbeat, to advise, procure, or cause a miscarriage or abortion when the procedure is performed by a qualified physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina in a hospital or clinic certified by the Department of Health and Human Services to be a suitable facility for the performance of abortions.

Just so you know, some sort of rhythmic pulse can be detected as early as 5 1/2 weeks, before many women are even aware they are pregnant. Here's some history on this type of bill:

Coal Ash Wednesday: A costly victory over Duke Energy

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There are 2.9 Billion reasons this settlement falls short:

It finally seems to be reaching an end of sorts — though the actual cleanup is not expected to be completed until 2029. But with a recently reached settlement, we at least know now who is going to pay for the cleanup. We are. On Monday, Stein and Duke Energy announced a settlement under which customers are expected to bear about 75% of the projected $4 billion clean-up costs through 2030.

"This settlement settles this dispute for the next 10 years that is fair to customers,” Stein said. “It is a win for every single Duke Energy customer." But it also seems like a win for Duke Energy, which will not have to sacrifice much in the way of profits or payments to shareholders.

I knew there had to be some sort of compromise, although it is tempting to stamp one's foot and demand that Duke pay for all of it. It is their mess, and if you took your family to a restaurant, but the manager said you had to go back in the kitchen and scrub the pots and pans at the end of the meal, you would laugh at him. It's no different. They sold us that power, and made enough of a profit to give shareholders a hefty dividend every quarter. A 50/50 cost share would have been hard to swallow, but making us pay 3/4 of the cost? That's a choker.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

The timing of the FBI's decision to drop the months-long investigation tells us quite a bit. Shortly before Biden was sworn in, but after the House voted to Impeach. Was there a quid pro quo between Trump and Burr dealing with his Impeachment vote in the upcoming Senate trial? The fact the Senate Ethics panel did not outright absolve Burr of any wrongdoing is also very telling, but it looks like Burr will not face any consequences for his second bank run.

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